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These lawmakers voted to protect abortion rights, so a priest says he’ll deny them Communion

Feb 3, 2020

By Teo Armus

As legislative efforts across the country put abortion protections into doubt last year, Democratic lawmakers in Rhode Island decided to take matters into their own hands.

Like their counterparts in other left-leaning states, legislators in Providence passed a bill that would enshrine safeguards at the state level. They wanted to make sure federal restrictions could not affect a woman’s right to choose, no matter the future of Roe v. Wade.

But on Jan. 26, days after the 47th anniversary of that landmark legal case, one Rhode Island priest has issued a damning rebuke: Any lawmakers who voted in favor of the law, he said, would be barred from receiving Communion or taking on special roles at church functions.

“If they are proud of what they have done, why do they want to keep it a secret?” the Rev. Richard Bucci told the Providence Journal on Saturday. “We all hear about responsibility. Let them take responsibility.”

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